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alternative fuel treatments, there was an identified need to optimize fuels
management, including the types of stands to be treated, their location on
the landscape, and the frequency of treatment.
The Need for Fuels Inventory
There are currently no periodic regional or national fuels inventories being
conducted. The lack of periodic field inventories makes it impossible to gauge
the effectiveness of national, regional or local fuels and fire management poli-
cies and strategies. Remote sensing methods are largely unable to accurately
estimate surface fuels (Keane and others 2000) that are the main contributors
to fire behavior in the South. Because of the identified need to optimize fuels
management at the Savannah River Site, the periodic inventories conducted
on-site were modified to include measurement of forest floor fuel variables.
Small mid-story trees that contribute to ladder fuel were being captured by
the existing design. Our objective was to establish a fuel loading baseline as
a function of stand variables as a reference for Site management, to allocate
fuel treatment strategies, and to estimate the prescribed burning frequency
needed to achieve wildfire behavior objectives.
USDA Forest Service Proceedings RMRS-P-41. 2006.
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Parresol, Bernard R.; Shea, Dan & Ottmar, Roger. Creating a fuels baseline and establishing fire frequency relationships to develop a landscape management strategy at the Savannah River Site., article, October 1, 2006; New Ellenton, South Carolina. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc889013/m1/2/: accessed November 17, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.